Sunday, January 4, 2009

Going "Cold Sheep"

The best way to make crazy things seem normal is to get people to do them with me.  (Just ask Andy about the month-of-not-buying-anything-new project)

As I embark on Year of the Stash Part 2, I have started a thread on Ravelry's Stashdown group for people who also want to go "cold sheep" on yarn purchases this year. I have tried yarn budgets, I have tried buying yarn in moderation, but I can't do it. For me, it's all or nothing, so for the second year in a row, it's "cold sheep" for me! And this time, I'm taking people with me!

I know a lot of knitters have huge stashes and enjoy them, revel in them, draw inspiration from them. I have a huge stash and I'm slightly afraid of it. What if it smothers a cat? Is it a fire hazard? What if it attracts a colony of moths? What if I can't knit it all during my lifetime? How long until it needs its own living space?

For me, knitting from stash only accomplishes two things:

1. saves money, which I can put toward a second sewing machine
2. frees up closet space (and floor space, and rubber tubs, and bags......) and might even make the sewing room easy to move around in. And give me room to actually HAVE a second sewing machine.

So, those knitters who have stashes but no stash issues--wonderful. I applaud them! Me, it's Year of the Stash Part Deux.